By Jayden Oni
Hampton’s U14Cs travelled to Croydon to play out a one-sided game against Royal Russell School and earn a well-deserved victory, desperately needed after a disappointing set of recent results.
Hampton started the game with an intense tempo, chances were constantly being created in the opening minutes. As a reward, Hampton got their first goal within the first five minutes of the game. The ball rebounded off the goalkeeper and left Noel Yonas with little to do as he tapped it into the open goal. It was the striker’s eighth goal for Hampton this season, as he regained his form after a short lived goal drought.
Throughout the first half, Hampton continued to create chance after chance, however miraculously none of the chances went into the back of the net. This gave Royal Russell the confidence to get themselves back into the game.
The half-time team talk for Hampton focused on finishing more of their chances and not allowing Royal Russell to score a goal, which would change the momentum of the game completely.
Despite the fact that Hampton still couldn’t convert their chances, they were relentless in the second half and did not let Royal Russell score with a solid performance from the back four.
This eventually enabled Hampton to score again through Yonas and seal the victory. He made it a brace when the ball was passed into him, executing a delightful spin before firing the ball into the far right corner with his weaker left foot.
The score remained 2-0 until the final whistle, allowing Hampton to finally walk away with a long overdue win after a solid performance.